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Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...air leaks, frost, snow buildup against walls and interior condensation due to thermal bridging. A durable wall is energy-efficient and airtight, with an airsp...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...homes with significant air leakage, heat loss occurs in two ways : 1 - As warm air leaks out it is replaced with cold air, and 2 - if you think of the 'wind c...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...air rising , basement air will always find its way to upper floors to balance pressure as warm air escapes through leaks at the higher points of your house. I...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...air quality. Contrary to what many people believe, indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air. How is inside air worse that outside air? The air you...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...Home agrees, though we do have "a thing" for non-toxic homes too, especially as high-efficiency homes tend to be more airtight, so the chemicals we choose to us...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...leaks, or their arrival could be caused by air leakage. Warm air escaping from your house in winter will condense at those openings as it cools and leave moistu...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...air leaks in a home, and how important an air-tight home is for durability and efficiency. Also, we're seeing a proliferation of Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Re...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...air pollution, dust, pollen and pet dander. So it only makes sense that we pay attention to the air quality in our homes. Where most people have heard the ter...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...air rising and cool air dropping . “The warm air in the center of the room would rise to the ceiling, and as it touched the cold surfaces of the roof and wall...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...air leaks, as it passes by the bulbs, this heated air magnifies the problem. Snow: this may be hard to wrap your head around, but snow has an R value of betwe...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...air to collect. Wherever there is a concentration of warm, humid air in a home there will be an increased rate of heat loss in winter. But the problem doesn't...